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How to Register as an Individual on Grants.gov

If you want to apply for a grant from Grants.gov as an individual, you must complete the (not so easy) Grants.gov registration process. Individual registration can take up to one business day to complete.

  1. Obtain your Grants.gov username and password.

    In order to secure your electronic information, Grants.gov uses a credential provider. When you start the individual registration process, you’ll be given an ID and password (just like an organization that registers). This secure type of access guarantees that your personal information and grant application will be sent to the appropriate federal grant-making agency — safely and securely.

    Individuals don’t need a DUNS Number to register and submit applications. The Grants.gov system will generate a default value in that field. Registering with the credential provider is a simple process. You can even find a tutorial link on the Grants.gov Web site that guides you through the registration process.

  2. Go back to the Grants.gov Web site and enter the username and password provided.

    After you log in at Grants.gov, you’ll be asked for the Funding Opportunity Number, or FON, that’s associated with your grant application.

  3. Provide the FON you received in your free grant alert e-mail.

    This number is the one that’s assigned by the federal grant-making agency to each grant opportunity notice.

After you register on Grants.gov as an individual, you can then only apply for federal grant competitions that are open to individuals.

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